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Posted on 2011-03-16
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hello,
i have access database that is 1.5 gb and I want to split it up somewhow.
I have read somebody say they split their database and create a blank one and then link from the blank one.
my problem is the database is primarily used to enter a serial number and have alot of different history data displayed back.
If I split it by years- then is there anyway to have user still enter serial number once to search. And not even know they are searching two databases?
thank you- or any other suggestions-
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Have you done a Compact & Repair on the database lately ?

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by:davetough
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yes  about 2 wks ago and this database is growing bigger every day
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How about doing a C&R right now ... just curious.  What size does the C&R bring it down to now ... ie  Before / After,

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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 250 total points
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perhaps it is time to upgrade to SQL

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by:davetough
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The backend of db- I am referring too and users are in it now- and I always perform when everybody is out of database-
mainly concerned because more data -instead of just daily data is about to be dumped in it
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Is your app currently Split into a Front End and Back End (tables only) ?

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by:DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)
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Just in case your app is not split:

How to manually split a Access database in Microsoft Access
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304932

Splitting Microsoft Access Databases to Improve Performance and Simplify Maintainability
http://www.fmsinc.com/MicrosoftAccess/DatabaseSplitter/Index.html

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yes
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Well, wherein you *could* ... with some serious effort ...  'split' your db into multiple BE's ... possibly more trouble than it's worth, so ... you many want to consider the other suggest of upsizing to SQL Server.

When you start to approach the 2GB limit with an Access db ... it's sort of like approaching a Black Hole.

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davetough

i believe that this is the correct answer http:#a35149883

which was just repeated in the accepted answer
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by:davetough
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you are right- what do I do now?
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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click on the Request attention above and ask to reopen the thread
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Well excuse me ... but, I offered a LOT of other information.  There is no specific 'correct' answer.  At a minimum, a Split is in order.

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i apoligize - for my blundering with points- sorry to capricorn for stating his solution and not giving him points and sorry to databasemx for now re-awarding points-after he gave m-e alot of solutions to this question-i will try not let this happen again-thanks for your patience and as always thanks alot for the help you provide me on this website-it actually saves my job many times- many thanks
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